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Auction History Result

Lot #: v046 CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON insert '54 classic!

Date Sold 12/17/2005
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Appears in Vintage Hollywood Posters 9
CATALOG SOLD OUT

The image at right appears in the auction catalog we published as shown above and was sold long ago and we do NOT have it available for purchase.



An Original Vintage Theatrical Folded Insert Movie Poster (measures 14" x 36") (Learn More)

Creature from the Black Lagoon, the classic 1954 Jack Arnold Universal 3-D (3D; 3-Dimension) science fiction (sci-fi) monster horror thriller ("Sheer, stark terror grips you in underwater... 3-D"; "Terrifying monster of the ages raging with pent-up passions! ...with every man his mortal enemy ...and a woman's beauty his prey!"; "Centuries of passion pent up in his savage heart!"; "Amazing! Startling! Shocking!"; "Monster from a million years ago!"; "CLAWING MONSTER FROM A LOST AGE strikes from the Amazon's forbidden depths!"; "Thrills beyond compare in... 3D") starring Richard Carlson, Julie Adams (billed as "Julia Adams"), Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nestor Paiva, Whit Bissell, Ricou Browning (who played the Gill Man underwater), Ben Chapman (who played the Gill Man on land), and Bernie Gozier. Note that the inspiration for this movie began when William Alland (the producer of this movie) was playing an acting role in "Citizen Kane", and he learned of a myth about half-man half-fish creatures in the Amazon. He wrote notes for a story called "The Sea Monster" in 1951, combining the above myth with the "Beauty and the Beast" story. In December 1952, a 59-page treatment called "Black Lagoon" was written by Maurice Zimm and Leo Lieberman wrote a script based on that treatment in early 1953, but Universal turned it down. After this script was written, a new script was written by Arthur Ross and Harry Essex, and that was the script that was used for the movie as filmed, and the last great Universal monster was created! Finally, note that the wonderful creature costume was created by a woman named Milicent Patrick, who you probably never heard of, but she deserves to be well remembered. She was a top pianist as a young girl, and she graduated from high school at 14. She went to work for Disney as an artist in the animation department in the late 1940s, and she was the first female hired by Disney in that capacity. In 1954, she designed the classic creature costume used in this movie, but the head of the makeup department did all he could do to keep her from getting proper credit, and as a result, she left Universal. It is said that she also created some of the well known costumes in other Universal horror and sci-fi movies preceding this, but there is no clear record as to which ones (but some great monsters of this time, including the ones in "This Island Earth", seem to be unmistakably her design). She turned to acting, appearing in a few movies and on TV, but she pretty much vanished in the early 1960s. She passed away in 1998 at the age of 82. She certainly deserves massive credit for her contributions to this movie and other great 1950s monster movies, but that may never happen.
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Condition: very good to fine. The poster had paper loss in the bottom right blank corner and someone taped a piece of paper to that corner from both front and back, and the tape has stained that corner, just touching the tip of the blue background. There were pinholes in the corners and each of the top corners had a 3" piece of clear tape extending down the left and right borders, and that has darkened the blank border. There are six pinholes in the top center of the poster. There are two extra horizontal folds, one halfway between the regular top and middle fold and the other 2" above the regular bottom fold. There was a 1" tear at the left edge of the extra top horizontal fold, and someone put a piece of white paper tape on the back of it and folded the tape over the edge of the front of the blank border. Other than the above basically minor defects, the poster is in really nice condition! These defects, which are mostly in the blank borders, can be easily repaired through paperbacking. I would think most collectors would be quite happy to display this great poster just as it is, but some might choose to have its defects completely restored. It is important to note that, other than the tape that was applied decades ago, the poster is completely unrestored, and its colors are bright and fresh!
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